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did. Then we will give all that we can to God and the proportion that He has chosen will be measured back to us again.
When you are ready to pour out judgment on another person, stop and think, "One-inch equals 250 miles!" When you are going to give to God, you can cheerfully remember, "One-inch equals 250 miles," and let it go.
God always balances His books! It is not my job to cast judgment on others. It is not my job to see what everyone else is giving and to compare myself. Whether in judgement or in giving, it is really all giving. So, remember that "one-inch equals 250 miles!"
~ Pastor Sam Owen, Eagle's Wing Baptist Church, Dupree, SD - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Read: Romans 8:1-10
"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." -Romans 8:5
Read: Matthew 5
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." -Matthew 5:48
He only needs to make sure he has the right set of the sails.
The same is true of a good Christian -- if the mind is set right. They have set their affection on things above. The wind of this world has no sway over them. They are able to "tack" against the prevailing winds of carnality. I have heard too many times the expression "They are a good Christian but..." and then follows some vice or crowd they run with. That is like saying, "They are a good sailor, but they can only run with the wind." If the mind is set right, you will be able to go against the carnal wind and waves of this world.
"One ship sails East, And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
'Tis the set of the sails, And not the gales,
That tells the way we go."
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1916
~ Dr. Joel Ward, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Butler, PA - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
I love boats -- power boats, sail boats, and even canoes. There is something about being on the water. I even enjoy fishing -- as long as you can't see land!
Sailing has always held a special fascination with me. I love to have a helm or rudder in my hand, my eye on the water, and the peace of hearing no sound but the wind in the sails and the waves against the hull. (Maybe that's why God put me in western PA -- the coast would be too much of a distraction!)
The point is this -- a good sailor can make his boat go wherever he wants, no matter which way the wind blows.
based salvation, which is "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect." (verse 48) Heaven, to be Heaven, cannot have sin it it. No half measures can be tolerated. There can be no negotiations. Perfection is required. And this is the harsh reality; it is impossible to un-commit a sin. Yes, you can apologize. Yes, you can make amends. But a sin cannot be erased except by a miracle. We are stained with sin and therefore not perfect. Without the new birth that only comes from belief in Jesus Christ, all our righteousness is as filthy rags. So, you have two choices:
One: Never have in the past and never in the future commit even the most insignificant of sins, and do every act of righteousness that you should have in the past and should in the future; be perfect. Two: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him to save you. Grace or works, take your pick. But don't kid yourself, if you pick works, you are asking the impossible of yourself.
~ Dr. Ray T. Love, Pastor, Tri-State Baptist Church, Charles town, WV - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Salvation by deeds of righteousness and an absence of wrongdoing is works-based religion. It is also the way most religions offer salvation. The bar we set for this is pretty low as well; be baptized, make a pilgrimage somewhere, say some ordered prayers, or even as crass as give money. The Lord would not allow such tomfoolery.
The Sermon on the Mount begins with a list of what kind of person will be blessed. Then the Lord begins to describe the actions that are present in those who are blessed. The most difficult of these requirements, in my opinion, is to love your enemies. I must admit to failing on that one quite often. Chapter 5 concludes with God's standard for works-
Matthew is addressing judging others and Luke is addressing giving. I stopped and wondered why this common phrase, "for with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again," is in both verses that seem to have nothing in common on the surface.
Then I saw both verses actually deal with us giving something. In Matthew, we are giving judgment on another person and in Luke, we are giving something to God. Then I noticed that there is a proportion for both. I compared it to a blueprint or to a map. For example, one-quarter inch equals 10 feet, or 1 inch equals 250 miles.
God is telling us that we ought to be careful about giving out judgment on other people, for that same proportion will come back to us, whatever proportion God chooses. The same goes with our giving to God. We ought to give ourselves to Him first of all, as the poverty-stricken Christians in Macedonia
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." -Luke 6:38
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